South Asia

False interpretation of secularism to deny freedom of religion to Buddhist students at Royal College

By Senaka Weeraratna, Daily FT, 21 February 2024

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- An old boy who has expressed opposition in an article in the Daily FT recently, to the chanting of pirith in a Buddhist religious ceremony at Royal College on grounds that it is ‘anti secular’, has given a false interpretation of secularism.

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Dalai Lama inaugurates first International Sangha Forum

ANI, 20 December 2023

Bodhgaya, India -- The Dalai Lama inaugurated the three-day International Sangha Forum 2023 on Bridging Traditions, Embracing Modernity: A Dialogue on the Buddha’s Teaching in Today’s World on Wednesday morning.

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Stefano Boeri Architetti Unveils Master Plan for Ramagrama Stupa in Nepal

The Buddhist Channel, 19 December 2023

Kathmandu, Nepal -- Stefano Boeri Architetti recently disclosed the master plan for the Ramagrama Stupa in Nepal, introducing a design aimed at enhancing the revered Buddhist location.

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Row Erupts Over Security Withdrawal at Sri Lanka's Primary Buddhist Site

The Buddhist Channel, 19 December 2023

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's leading Buddhist prelates have appealed to the government to ensure the safety of the birthplace of Buddhism in the country following the decision to remove military personnel stationed at the historical pilgrimage site.

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Andhra University Introduces M.A Program in Pali and Buddhist Studies

Deccan Chronicle, December 15, 2023

Visakhapatnam, India -- Andhra University’s College of Arts and Commerce has announced the commencement of the M.A. programme in Pali and Buddhist Studies for the academic year 2023-24. Professor A. Narasimha Rao, the principal of the College, highlighted that this unique programme is the first of its kind in the state.

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Sri Lanka: Special unit established to probe 'insults to religion'

The Buddhist Channel, December 15, 2023

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka has recently established a specialized unit within the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) to investigate incidents involving insults to religion. This development comes after the apprehension of a controversial pastor and a self-proclaimed monk for derogatory comments about Lord Buddha and Buddhism.

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General Assembly of International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) held in New Delhi

By Aanchal Kumari, ANI, November 29, 2023

New Delhi, India -- A two-day General Assembly Meeting was held by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), a global Buddhist platform, in New Delhi with the aim to elect office bearers of the world body for the next three years.

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Hundreds of Hindus Embrace Buddhism in Ahmedabad, Citing "Inequality"

The Buddhist Channel, 25 Oct 2023

Gujarat, India -- In a noteworthy event organized by the Gujarat Buddhist Academy, nearly 400 Hindus from across the state of Gujarat converted to Buddhism on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra. This annual gathering marked the 14th such ceremony held on Dussehra, symbolizing a growing movement towards a new religious identity.

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Preservation of Ramagrama Stupa, the Sole Undisturbed Original Stupa Containing Relics of Lord Buddha

The Buddhist Channel, 23 October 2023

LUMBINI, NEPAL -- In a historic move dedicated to the protection, preservation, conservation, development and management of the long-forgotten Ramagrama Stupa, The Promised Land Pvt. Ltd. - a company based in Kathmandu - has officially announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with The Lumbini Development Trust.

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Pakistan's Buddhist Legacy Under Threat

The Buddhist Channel, 14 Oct 2023

Lahore, Pakistan -- In the heart of what is now Pakistan, nestled within the Gandhara region, once thrived one of the world's most ancient religions - Buddhism. With a legacy of Buddhist art and culture, Pakistan should be a haven for Buddhists, a site of pilgrimage and a living testament to history. However, the stark reality reveals a different narrative — one of near-extinction, persecution, and fading heritage.

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